GOTHAM KNIGHT (TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (2008)
Batman - Gotham Knight (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2008)
Actors: Kevin Conroy, Gary Dourdan, David McCallum, Parminder Nagra
Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Yasuhiro Aoki, Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi
Higashide, Toshiyuki Kubooka
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition,
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
Run Time: 75 minutes
made-for-DVD animated release Batman - Gotham Knight is one of those
movies that are easy to admire but difficult to genuinely like.
Basically A Day in the
Life of Batman, it takes a leaf from The Animatrix's
operating manual and tells several interlocking vignettes from the
perspective of several anime directors and artists.
The problem is that this
fractured structure works against the film: as soon as you are getting into
one segment Batman - Gotham Knight moves on to the next one.
It is all too easy to
admire though: the animation is at times stunningly well done and detailed.
While one may not agree
with all the creative choices made (Batman's Bruce Wayne alter ego as a
typical youthful anime character comes across as too wimpy in some
segments), the movie is always inventive and clever. Pity that it never
builds up any real momentum.
Bat-fans (groan!) would
definitely want to check it out. Parents should however heed the age
restriction: this Batman isn't meant for small children . . .